When Albert, a 15-year-old Mexican-American musician, finds out his grandmother in Mexico is dying, he defies his parents and sets out alone on an adventure by foot, train, and open road to reach Guadalajara. An unlikely friendship with Rafael, a burnt-out 35-year-old Mariachi trumpeter, takes both of them on a journey to carve out their unique identities and confront their self-worth.
Format: Feature Screenplay
Length: 104 Pages
Genre: Coming of Age
“Like Albert in El Niño Perdido I’m kind of a pocho — a pejorative term for a Mexican who grows up outside of Mexico. I never felt like I was enough. I’m not American enough, and I’m not Mexican enough. Or, I’m simultaneously too American and too Mexican. Depends who you ask. It’s an issue many Latinos struggle with. We’re trying to find an identity and a place to belong. Sometimes we get a little lost, but we all find our way somehow.”
— Robert Montes
“Growing up in  a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley, Mexican culture has always been familiar and fascinating to me. After having traveled to Guadalajara, Tijuana, and Mexico City, and experiencing the character of the country that I had grown up around, I was inspired to bring a story to life that explored the connection between Southern California, Mexico, and the families that keep those connections alive.”
— Vince Robbins
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